Guelph's benevolent takeover of Owen Sound starts at The Bleeding Carrot! Tragedy Ann & Doris Folkens will be bringing their crafted songs for a night of touching and honest performance. Doors are at 7:30, tunes at 8, and suggested donation of $15 for admission. Location is accessible by request.
The music of Guelph folk duo Tragedy Ann inspires chills, provokes smiles, and reminds you to breathe. With the occasional nod to alt. blues and handshake with contemporary folk-rock, Liv Cazzola and Braden Phelan intertwine the storytelling power of Tom Waits with the musical nuance of Mandolin Orange, crafting something simultaneously familiar and fresh.
Rooted in passionate vocal harmony, Tragedy Ann’s songs tackle topics from love-drunkenness to hospital visits with equal intimacy. Cazzola’s multi-instrumental menagerie and Phelan’s dynamic guitar flavours provide a lush backdrop to these powerful narratives, reminding you that you do indeed love the accordion—you just never heard it played this sweetly.
Doris Folkens Music:
Born in Burlington, Ontario, Doris grew up playing on a piano that had survived the bombing of her grandmother’s house in Germany in the Second World War.
Doris took up guitar before heading off to Queen’s University to study Physical Therapy. It was during her university years that she began to write songs as a break from studying.
A job brought her to Revelstoke, BC, where she worked in the hospital, but also was a regular singer and instrumentalist in folk bands at the Revelstoke Coffee House, the Summer Street Festival, and the Snowflake Wine Festival.
Since moving to Guelph in 2014, Doris’ musical career has taken the forefront. She graduated from Berklee College of Music’s Online school with a Professional Singer/Songwriter Certificate. Currently, she’s working on her first EP, and teaches songwriting as part of Hillside Festival’s “Girls and Guitars” Initiative. Her medical background has sparked an interest in musician’s health issues,and she recently organized a Musician’s Physiotherapy workshop at the Guelph Youth Music Centre.
This past summer, her historical co-written song, “The Fields of Perth,” came in third place at the 2016 Stewart Park Festival’s Songwriting Competition. This fall, she travelled as the “Artist-on-Board” the VIA train between Toronto and Vancouver.
With influences like Gillian Welch, Sarah Harmer and The Wailin’ Jenny’s, Doris’ voice has been described as pure, clear and fresh, singing memorable folk songs about authentic characters and stories.